idk if this has been said on this site but rasta colors have a strong association with stoner culture & are seen as a staple of (white) stoner aesthetic which is ridiculous considering the history of those colors as they appear on the ethiopian flag so white ppl especially, listen up
the rastafari colors we see on every pot leaf and knit sweater in your favorite smoke shop are the colors of the ethiopian flag. each color means something significant, which can vary depending on the person but they’re commonly known to represent (red = the life force of blood or the blood of martyrs, green = herbs & vegetation, yellow = royalty and/or wealth of africa, and black = africanness or blackness) ethiopia was believed to be the birthplace of a biblical prophet sent to africa to lead all black people to salvation from slavery and white corruption.
bob marley spread the ideas of rastafarianism through his music which is how white people latched onto the “aesthetic,” instead associating the colors with jamaica and smoking marijuana (bc marley was jamaican & smoked marijuana, simple minded as always). these symbols became stoner culture; marjiuana, red green and yellow, dreads, jamaica/jamaican music, etc. but rastafarianism is so much more than smoking weed and vibing like white ppl like to claim it’s all about. it’s literally about black consciousness, black liberation, black love, blackness. white people can appreciate the rastafari lifestyle, but they cannot exist within it.
these are not just “stoner colors,” these are colors present on the flag of an actual country that hold meaning and importance to its people as well as black people across the world, and they have for decades. dreads and weed both have religious and spiritual significance to rastas that white ppl will never have. white ppl practicing these things erases its rich history and bastardizes it for their own monetary gain and/or aesthetic. educate yourself before you claim shit ffs